655. Kara Goucher, Author of “The Longest Race”


“I feel really, really free.”

Kara’s back! In the year since her last appearance on the Ali on the Run Show, Kara Goucher has become a New York Times best-selling author and co-host of the fan-favorite podcast, Nobody Asked Us with Des and Kara. This week, Kara heads to Eugene, OR, where she’ll be on the NBC broadcast calling the men’s and women’s distance events at the USATF Outdoor National Championships. (Here’s how to watch.) In this episode, we’re talking about some of the standout storylines to watch at this year’s races. Plus, what life has been like since Kara’s book, The Longest Race, came out earlier this year, chatter about the fun things professional athletes don’t know about (how much race photos cost!), an update on Kara’s running (Boston 2024?!), and so much more.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What it’s like being Kara Goucher in downtown Duluth, MN (2:45)
  • All about Kara’s role at this year’s USATF Outdoor National Championships on CNBC (4:30)
  • What to know about this year’s distance races at USAs (11:00)
  • How Kara feels about heading back to Eugene, OR — and where’s the hype? (22:40)
  • An update on Kara’s running, and the latest on her life with runner’s dystonia (34:25)
  • On race photos, and professional photographers, Venmo, and more (40:30)
  • What’s next for Kara Goucher, distance analyst, and her thoughts on the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando (47:45)
  • What’s next for Kara Goucher, co-host of Nobody Asked Us with Des & Kara (55:00)
  • On life since the release of Kara’s book, The Longest Race (58:30)

For more, check out:

Kara Goucher on Episode 525 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kara Goucher on Episode 411 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kara Goucher on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kara Goucher on Episode 86 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kara and Adam Goucher on Episode 208 of the Ali on the Run Show

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